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A nun in the closet
Gilman, Dorothy, 1923-2012.
Personal Author:
Large print edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : G. K. Hall, 1975.
Physical Description:
323 pages ; 25 cm
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From the bestselling author of the Mrs. Pollifax books comes a new mystery habit to acquire. From the moment Sister John and Sister Hyacinthe reach the old house left to their abbey by a mysterious benefactor, their cloistered world begins to crumble. First, there is the wounded man hiding in the house, then the suitcase stuffed with money sitting at the bottom of the well, not to mention fearful apparitions in the night. Lord only knows what's going on. That is, until the good sisters, armed only with their faith and boundless energy, set things right--even if it means a shocking revelation or two about ghosts, gangsters...and murder. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Author Notes

Dorothy Gilman was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on June 25, 1923. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Under her married name, Dorothy Gilman Butters, she began publishing children's books in the late 1940s including Enchanted Caravan and The Bells of Freedom. In 1966, she published The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, which became the first novel in the Mrs. Pollifax Mystery series. The series concluded in 2000 with Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled. The series was the basis of two movies: the 1971 feature film Mrs. Pollifax - Spy starring Rosalind Russell and the 1999 television movie The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax starring Angela Lansbury. Her other works include The Clairvoyant Countess, Incident at Badamya and Kaleidoscope. A Nun in the Closet won a Catholic Book Award. She died due to complications of Alzheimer's disease on February 2, 2012 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

When an unknown benefactor bequests a large property to the cloistered nuns of St. Tabitha Abbey, the community sends two of its members-Sisters John and Hyacinthe-to check out their inheritance. The outside world offers them plenty of surprises (from hippies to the Mafia), but all obstacles are overcome by their ingenuity and Sister John's "perfect faith." Fans to the author's Mrs. Pollifax series (e.g., Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle, Audio Reviews, LJ 11/15/93) will easily detect the similarity between that illustrious spy and the indomitable Sister John and will feel at home with the pervasive lightweight humor. Still, this mystery leaves much to be desired. The plot is highly contrived, there is little suspense, and most of the humor rests on the nuns' incredible naïveté. While cloistered nuns doubtless possess a certain aura of otherworldliness, Gilman's unsophisticated religious are entirely too gullible to be taken seriously, even taking into consideration the novel's original publication date (1975). Narrator Roslyn Alexander turns in an excellent reading marked by superior characterization-especially for the masculine voices-and pacing, but this fluffy tale could easily be skipped.-Sister M. Anna Falbo, Villa Maria Coll. Lib., Buffalo, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.